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History

A brief history of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport

Background

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is owned and operated by Tompkins County and is the only public use airport with a paved runway in the county. 216,870 total passengers were served at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in 2009, about 19% more than in 2008.  This was our third highest passenger count ever.

Historic Highlights

The first airport in Ithaca, also believed to be the second airport in New York State, was the Ithaca Municipal Airport, located near the inlet to Cayuga Lake, in an area that Cass Park now occupies.

Cecil Robinson began conducting aerial photography mapping for the government out of Ithaca Municipal Airport. His two four-place monoplanes became the cornerstone of Robinson Airlines at the end of the second World War. Shortly thereafter, Robinson Airlines was growing and their operation was moved to the new East Hill Airport, opened by Cornell University in 1948. Robinson Airlines became Mohawk Airlines in 1952.

  • Delta Airlines
  • USAirways
  • United Airlines
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